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Report an investment scam

Report the scam and help to warn others

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Reporting a scam will help to warn others and stop the scam. Report all scams to Scamwatch. 

You may not be able to get your money back once you've paid a scammer. But reporting it will help stop them scamming someone else.

Act fast if you've been scammed

  1. Don't send any more money. Block all contact from the scammer.
  2. Report the scam to your bank or financial institution immediately. Ask them to stop any transactions.
  3. Report the scam to Scamwatch

For more detailed steps, see what to do if you’ve been scammed.

Report all scams to Scamwatch

Scamwatch, run by the National Anti-Scam Centre (NASC), collates information about all scam types. They use this information to warn and protect the public. Scamwatch also sends information to other agencies, including ASIC and ReportCyber, to help stop scammers. Report all scams, including investment scams, to Scamwatch.

What is an 'investment scam'?

In an investment scam, the money you 'invest' goes to the scammer and not to a real investment. Some examples include:

Find out more about investment scams.

What if it's not a scam?

ASIC receives reports about legitimate companies and individuals doing the wrong thing when investing or providing financial services. This includes superannuation, managed funds, financial advice, credit and banking, share or forex trading and insurance.

Some examples include:

If your report is about financial sector misconduct, other than scams, you can report this to ASIC.

Tell others if you suspect a scam

Also consider these options to help protect yourself and others: